Civil and Structural Engineering MEng (Hons)

Key information


  • Course length: 4 years
  • UCAS code: H220
  • Year of entry: 2020
  • Typical offer: A-level : AAB / IB : 35 / BTEC : Not accepted without grade A in A Level Mathematics
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The first two years of this programme are the same as the MEng (H202) and BEng (H200) Civil Engineering degree programmes and provide a broad-based academic training for a professional engineer.

In the last two years of the programme, option choices allow students to concentrate on a range of analysis and design methods using the principal structural materials of reinforced concrete, steel, timber and masonry. Through the use of advanced analysis and design methods, and state-of-the-art commercial design software, you will cover the theoretical background and the design implications of structural engineering and build a foundation for future leadership in the industry.

The MEng programme (H220) is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators, which represents the four major civil engineering institutions and accredits civil engineering programmes on behalf of the Engineering Council, which sets and maintains the standards for the engineering profession in the UK. This degree is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). See jbm.org.uk for further information.

Students taking the BEng Civil Engineering programme, who have reached the required academic standard in their studies, are eligible to transfer to either of the MEng programmes at the end of their Year Two.

Programme in detail

The programme gives you the opportunity to undertake an individual research project in Year Three. Teaching staff offer projects based on their research expertise. In Years Three and Four, you can choose options modules based on particular areas of specialisation of the staff.

The multidisciplinary group design project in Year Four brings together students specialising in various aspects of civil engineering to work as a team to produce a portfolio study on a project that requires all their skills to be used in a co-ordinated way. Students on the Civil and Structural Engineering programme would be expected to act as structural engineers. Recent projects have included a ferry terminal scheme and an Olympic-size swimming pool.

Department Key Facts

Number of first year students

267 Year One undergraduates in 2018

UK league tables

Ranked 14th (Aerospace) in the Sunday Times/Times University Guide 2019

Graduate prospects

97% of our graduates are in work/study six months after graduation (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2016/17) and 100% of Mechanical Engineering MEng students employed after graduation (unistats.co.uk 2018).

Why this subject?

Be a modern engineer for the future. We are committed to developing the modern professional engineers for the future. We ensure that your learning environment reflects your future working environment. We have received many accolades from the engineering industry who regard our graduates amongst the most employable in the world. Our emphasis is on active learning, supported by traditional lectures and tutorials, as well as the opportunities to be involved in research-led teaching, conducted in collaboration with industry, Government, research laboratories and academics around the world.

Outstanding facilities. We are a centre of excellence for engineering research. We house the UK Centre for Materials Education and have a highly respected reputation for superb experimental facilities. Our recent £32 million redevelopment includes the new Active Learning Laboratory, one of the largest and best-equipped laboratories in Europe. State-of-the-art facilities include; two research-standard full motion flight simulators (one of which is unique within the academic world), mechanical robotics, wind turbines, a water flume, additive layer manufacturing and many more.

Flexible programmes. The programmes are very flexible, providing opportunities for specialisation in one discipline or a broad skill base across all engineering disciplines.

Accredited programmes. 

The MEng programme (H220) is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators, which represents the four major civil engineering institutions and accredits civil engineering programmes on behalf of the Engineering Council, which sets and maintains the standards for the engineering profession in the UK. This degree is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

The accrediting body is the Joint Board of Moderators for the Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, Institute of Highway Engineers, and The Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation. Please see www.jbm.org.uk for further information.